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China’s New Ambassador to Kenya Will Face Many of the Same Challenges He Encountered in Nigeria

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta receives the credentials from newly-appointed Chinese ambassador Zhou Pingjian.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received credentials from six new envoys on Wednesday including China’s Zhou Pingjian. The new Chinese ambassador replaced Wu Peng who recently returned to Beijing to become the Foreign Ministry’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa.

In the Chinese diplomatic hierarchy, Kenya is second only to South Africa as among the top posts in Africa and Zhou comes to the position well-prepared after completing a four-year posting as ambassador to Nigeria.

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